centers, not to try and go look at their homes because of the continuing threat of aftershocks and tsunami. katie? >> couric: but, lucy, it is daylight now in japan. what with we learning? >> reporter: we're seeing on t.v. just scenes of utter tragedy. houses with their roofs ripped off, whole villages destroyed, at least two villages destroyed. a forest thrown like a pile of chopsticks on to a bunch of houses. it's just heartbreaking to see. >> couric: the actual quake, i know, occurred several hours north of tokyo by car. how difficult has it been to make contact with anyone living close to the epicenter? >> very difficult. land lines, cell phones, doesn't matter, it's been almost impossible to get through to people in sendai. i know this myself because i have a son there who goes to school, katie, and we haven't been able to reach him since before the earthquake started. this part of japan is normally very accessible.